Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis

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Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers

Inter-Agency Standing Committee
Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

Mental Health Gap Action Programme
mhGAP Intervention Guide

United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Development
Outcome Document

The Facilitator’s Manual for Orienting Field Workers
PFA Facilitators Manual for Orienting Field Workers.pdf

The Sphere Project
Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response
The Sphere Handbook 2011

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IASC_Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.pdf

Different kinds of crises such as war, natural disasters, accidents, fires and interpersonal violence including sexual and gender-based violence occur in the world. Although every person has strengths and abilities to cope with life challenges, mental health and psychosocial support can be beneficial in some cases.

Cover of PFA Guide
Cover of PFA Field Guide

WHO in collaboration with its partners published “Psychological First Aid: Field Guide” (PFA Field Guide) in 2011 to provide an easy-to-understand guidance on what to do and what not to do when trying to support a fellow human being after going through a serious crisis event. The PFA Field Guide has been endorsed by the UN, UNICEF, UNHCRInternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Plan International, among others, and the UN Secretary General mandated the PFA training for human resources and security personnel in the UN worldwide. The PFA has been widely employed in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

This training program will promote participants’ understandings on basics of PFA, do’s and don’ts, and self-care technique, through web/VC-based lectures and discussions. The program will provide basic knowledge on how to offer PFA, as well as basics on mental health and psychosocial support after crises which will be an emerging priority in disaster risk management policy making/implementation. The program will be facilitated jointly by the World Bank/TDLC, UNU-IIGH, and the National Institute of Mental Health in Japan, in close partnership with WHO.




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